National graduation rate reaches record high

Last week, President Barack Obama announced federal data that showed the nation’s high school graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year reached a record 83.2 percent. Below we take a look at the graduation rate in Connecticut compared to the national rate and also look at how various demographic groups have performed.

Between the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 school years, black students saw an increase of about 8 percent, while Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native students saw an increase of about 7 percent. While the achievement gap between white students and these demographic groups has shrunk, it continues to be a double digit gap.

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